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May 19, 2016

School-Nutrition Bill Scaling Back Federal Role Passed by House Ed. Committee

Republicans on the committee said the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016 is necessary to beat back what they see as an oversized federal role in school meals

May 18, 2016

Key GOP Senator Blasts Ed. Department's Approach to ESSA Title I Spending

A spending provision of the Every Student Succeeds Act called "supplement-not-supplant" was again under the spotlight during a Senate education committee hearing on Wednesday.

May 17, 2016

Share of High-Poverty, Racially Isolated Schools Rising, GAO Report Says

The percentage of schools serving students who mostly are black and Hispanic and also from low-income backgrounds has ticked up in recent years, the Government Accountability Office finds.

May 16, 2016

What's Holding Up the Education-Research Bill in Congress?

Last December, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Strengthening Education Through Research Act. It's designed to reauthorize the structure of education research at the Institute for Education Sciences.

May 11, 2016

Sens. Cassidy, Mikulski Urge More Action to Address Dyslexia in Ed. Committee

The committee, presided over by Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., heard testimony about the condition, misperceptions attached to it, and how mandatory screening for children at a young age could dramatically improve their experiences in schools and educational outcomes.

May 11, 2016

Congressional K-12 Leaders Urge Ed. Dept. to Ensure 'Full Participation' in ESSA Shift

The letter to Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. fits into a broader pattern of Democrats urging the Education Department to take a proactive role in ESSA implementation.

May 11, 2016

Could Bernie Sanders Step Into an Education Leadership Role in Congress?

There's an outside, slim, but still interesting-to-think-about chance that Sanders could end up becoming the top Democrat on the Senate education committee, or even the panel's chairman come January.

April 29, 2016

House of Representatives Passes D.C. Voucher Reauthorization Bill

Earlier this month, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved the bill, which is sponsored by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah

April 27, 2016

How Elections Will Impact Congressional Education Committees

For the most part, Congress has been pretty quiet on K-12 in the months since it passed ESSA. But there are congressional elections this year, and some of them could have a notable impact on the two committees that deal with education policy.

April 18, 2016

Teacher Shortage Is Target of Bill in Congress from Reps. Hanna, Takano

The bill from House Reps. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., and Mark Takano, D-Calif., would allow teachers to apply their classroom service time to two federal loan-forgiveness programs simultaneously.

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